PPH - Patrick Woodcock enjoyed his job, but was frustrated by the influence of special interests in Augusta

Posted Nov. 16, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Patrick Woodcock, the director of Gov. Paul LePage’s Energy Office, is stepping down from the position in December, according to a brief and complimentary announcement from the governor’s office Wednesday.


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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 18, 2016 at 4:52pm

POINT OF VIEW: I lived differently so my perspective differs.

Maine is to attached to being  utilized for the will of others, from its forests to its labor and once historic Work Ethic. We still today survive on a monthly income for most, less than Trump or Clinton  pay for One Meal on a night out. 

Actually the Antarctic is the scientific most favorable for Solar production with its abundant sunshine for nearly 6 months of the year. Florida is either overcast from storms or such high humidity that solar is ineffective.  Having had the miserable existence in Biloxi MS for 9 months I can only imagine Florida. 

Texas and Louisiana Oil and Gas "Could" wait in reserve, while the potential reserves off the coast of Florida escape and aid to justify a falsehood of a source of Greenhouse gasses. (a natural event) I am of course assuming that Florida reserve escape is really happening, given some of our false science. 

And though not super rich, yes I did save, invest within the law for us pee-ons to amass (??? dollars) sufficient to live at twice my income while working. Though this planning does account for inflation I expect to maintain a level of life suitable and without all the vacations or Boy Toys. 

Lest you forget, it is not only important as to what we have here and now, but what we leave such as breathing, eating, enjoying. So, Yes advance our technology, by educating and utilizing and to our advantage or protecting.

My first question to myself is do I need it, or want it. Second is can I live......... without it. Working upwards of 3 jobs per day, with 2 jobs per day for 14 years, life was not so hard....... but my goal of being able to retire (after two heart attacks) while able to walk came.  My choices were Work for it, or Wait for it......... I like most, with a will, do not wait as life is to short.

Oil has been saved for millions of years, as a gift for our needs, however it is up to us not to kill ourselves with it.  

My thoughts.........  

Comment by arthur qwenk on November 18, 2016 at 3:39pm

From what I  understand, Florida has some of the cheapest electricity  cost delivered (10.5 cents/kwh) of any state in the nation.(see the Florida Power and Light site).Florida utilizes logic, not ideology at their PUC and legislature on this issue.. They use all available economical dense supplies including coal, gas,nuclear. Solar has a minor role as it is considered too expensive and intermittent . Go figure, and that from the Sunshine State! New England is too attached to the failed "green" brainwashing and progressive ideology in my humble opinion. 

I bet if  modern gas rigs were placed beyond  earth's curvature  of 11 miles, drilling  might occur if economics dictated,but pipelines from Texas and Louisiana make this moot..

In my opinion,the "rich" tend to get richer by utilizing good decision making logic and risk taking I  think ,in many cases.Look at Trump!

Maine should consider the same thing. Modern spill prevention technology has advanced , but  drilling is always a minor risk. So is breathing, eating and any other activity worth doing or vital.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 18, 2016 at 1:37pm


Years ago, it was discovered that off the coast of Florida there was sufficient Gas to supply this nation for nearly 100 years......... But the wealthy, did not want to view the temporary drilling rigs as under ocean lines hooked to on shore facilities.  This is thought to be the source of the Bermuda triangle mysteries, as Gas is thinner than water and with a giant release, a ship would go down in a boiling pocket of gas. Also it would cause aircraft to come down as the gas is thinner than air.

It depends on who's view and life are disrupted, so I guess we just let that gas go into the atmosphere, where it contributes to the sum of Global Warming..............  The rich will deny that though as a cause. 

Comment by arthur qwenk on November 17, 2016 at 8:37am
Maine,get with the program!
"The U.S. Geological Survey says it has found the largest continuous oil and gas deposit ever discovered in the United States. On Tuesday, the USGS announced that a swath of West Texas known as the Wolfcamp shale contains 20 billion barrels of oil and 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. That is nearly three times more petroleum than the agency found in North Dakota's Bakken shale in 2013. -- Rebecca Hersher, NPR, 16 November 2016 



Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."


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